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20th Annual U.S. Symposium

November 6-8, 2008
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 Cryptography and Computer Security

Organizer: Chris Jermaine, University of Florida

Chair:
Cryptography and Computer Security
Anna Lysyanskaya, Brown University

Speakers:
Adventures in Electronic Voting Research
Dan Wallach, Rice University

Functional Encryption: Beyond Public Key Cryptography
Brent Waters, SRI International

 Ever Closer to Pandora’s Box: Zoonotic Transmission of Viruses to Humans

Organizer: Vanessa Sperandio, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Chair:
The Evolution of Viral Emergence
Eddie C. Holmes, Pennsylvania State University

Speakers:
Making and Breaking Viral Pandemics: an Evolutionary Perspective
Michael Worobey, University of Arizona

Receptors, Entry Proteins and Zoonosis
Michael Farzan, Harvard University

 Extrasolar Planets

Organizer: Karen Meech, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Chair:
Extrasolar Planets
Victoria Meadows, University of Washington

Speakers:
Now That We've Found Them: Characterizing Planets Around Other Stars
Jonathan Fortney, University of California, Santa Cruz

Photosynthesis and Astrobiology: Color Limits for Life Adapted to Others Stars and Atmospheres
Nancy Kiang, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

 Food and Fuel

Organizer: Hallie Eakin, University of California, Santa Barbara

Chair:
Food and Fuel
Francesco Tubiello, Columbia University

Speakers:
The Biofuels Boom: Promise or Peril for Tropical Forests?
Holly K. Gibbs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Frontiers of Biofuel Science
Anthony F. Michaels, Proteus Environmental Technologies

 Multiple Systems in Understanding Addiction

Organizers: Andy Dillin, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and Wynne Schiffer, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Chair:
Multiple Systems in Understanding Addiction
Michael A. Nader, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Speakers:
GPCR Trafficking and Responsiveness to Drugs of Abuse
Jennifer Whistler, University of California, San Francisco

Substance Abuse and Reinforcement Learning
Paul E. M. Phillips, University of Washington

Understanding Addiction: Animal Models of Cocaine Abuse using Brain Imaging and Primate Social Behavior
Michael A. Nader, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

 Quantum Gravity

Organizer: Mark Trodden, Syracuse University

Chair:
Quantum Gravity
Donald Marolf, University of California, Santa Barbara

Speakers:
Light from the Early Universe and Quantum Effects in Gravity
Eva Silverstein, Stanford University

An Invitation to Quantum Gravity
Laurent Freidel, Perimeter Institute

 Suspended Animation, Immortality, Regeneration

Organizer: Andy Dillin, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Chair:
Suspended Animation, Immortality and Regeneration
Alejandro Sanchez, University of Utah

Speakers:
Germ Cell Immortality in C. elegans
Shawn Ahmed, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mechanisms Regulating Suspended Animation in Caenorhabditis elegans
Pamela Padilla, University of North Texas

 The Expanding Frontier of Nucleic Acids Chemistry and Biology

Organizer: Scott Silverman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chair:
RNA Shapeshifters
Donald H. Burke-Agüero, University of Missouri School of Medicine

Speakers:
Structural Insights into Metabolite-Sensing mRNAs
Robert Batey, University of Colorado at Boulder

Reprogramming Bacteria with Small Molecules and RNA
Justin Gallivan, Emory University

 

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